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New Yorkers shred papers representing bad 2009 memories


People shred their bad memories for "Good Riddance Day"

New Yorkers and visitors have said goodbye to bad memories from 2009 by shredding documents, letters and photos in a public ceremony.

Hundreds of people flocked to Times Square to destroy mementos and papers representing unpleasant experiences.

Items included everything from photos from ex-lovers to redundancy letters and newspaper articles chronicling the failings of beloved sports teams.

"Good Riddance Day" was the third annual event of its kind.

Roxanne Rodriguez, of Manhattan, placed a piece of paper with "Writer's block" written on it through an industrial shredder.

She told the Associated Press news agency she hoped 2010 would be the year she finally writes a musical.

"This is going to be the year I'm going to be dedicated and focused, and I will get something down on the page every day," she said.

For items that could not be shredded the organisers, the Times Square Alliance, provided a sledgehammer and a large waste-container.

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